Alumni/ae Transitions July-August 2013

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GTS Alumni/ae on the Move!

Following her ordination to the priesthood at Washington National Cathedral on July 27, the Rev. Rebecca Myers (M.Div., 2013) has been called by the Diocese of Lexington to serve as Network Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Church, Corbin, and Executive Director of St. Agnes House in Lexington. The collaborative ministry recognizes and celebrates Myers’ prior education and extensive career as a social worker and in the non-profit world prior to seminary.

Myers worked for nearly 20 years for the National Association of Social Workers in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. She has a passion for advocacy activities that improve communities, as she strives to embody our baptismal covenant “for peace and justice among all people, and respect for the dignity of every human being.”

You can read the full story from the Diocese of Lexington here.

 

The Rev. Robert Solon Jr., SCP, (M.Div., 2006 and  currently a Th.D. candidate in liturgical studies), has accepted a call as Rector of The Church of the Advent in Baltimore beginning August 1.

Solon is the current editor of The Anglican, and a member in the Fellowship of St. John the Evangelist. He feels “privileged to continue his ministry with a welcoming and inclusive community which values its identity as one that places worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition first.” He looks forward to taking up his new post at this historic parish (established 1868) in the Federal Hill section of Baltimore, where he sees an opportunity to “share our unique point of view about God and Christ, and who we are, and how we understand God and God’s working in the world.”

Bob has been the long-term supply priest at Trinity & St. Philips Cathedral in Newark, and previously held posts as Curate at Trinity Episcopal in Bayonne, NJ and Vicar at St. Thomas’ in Vernon, NJ.

The Rev. Suzanne LeVesconte (Class of 2011), has been called as the Priest in Charge at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Ohio. She is the first female pastor in the congregation’s 190-year history.

LeVesconte began visiting Trinity in December 2012 as a Supply Priest. “The first time I walked in, I had a sense that I loved this place,” she said. “I have since watched them be tender to the people in the community, and that’s been very endearing to me.” She was looking for a parish like this, “that has possibilities for ministries in the community; I don’t need to teach them here because they already have a relational ministry with the people around them.”

LeVesconte began the assignment in June, her first after finishing residency at St. Patrick’s Church in Dublin, Ohio.

Amy Coultas

The Very Rev. Amy R. Coultas (M.Div., 2006) has been called by the Rt. Rev. Terry A. White, Bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky, to serve as Canon to the Ordinary. Coultas is currently Interim Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Louisville, Kentucky, and has previously served as Canon Missioner, Chair of the Deputation to General Convention, Vicar to St. James’ Episcopal Church in Shelbyville, member of the Commission on Ministry, and as Chaplain to the Diocesan Youth Summer Camp.

Coultas also currently serves as a member of Trustees & Council, the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of a Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church – Presbyterian Church USA Dialogue, and as the Ecumenical & Interreligious Officer of the Diocese of Kentucky.

According to a press release from the Diocese of Kentucky, Coultas responded to her call as Canon to the Ordinary saying, “Our shared diocesan life has been an essential part of my own Christian formation, and I am excited and humbled to be able to participate in that common life in this new position. I look forward to working with the talented staff, and I am grateful for the strong foundations already laid by Canon Smith. I have great respect for Bishop White’s leadership and I am honored that he has asked me to serve in this way.”

Coultas will begin in her new position September 1 and she will be formally installed at the Diocesan Convention at Christ Church Cathedral November 8 - 9.

To see previous posts of GTS Alumni/ae transitions click here.

If you would like to send updates on your ministry and life for inclusion in the Alumni/ae News, please email Jonathan Silver at gtsalumniae@gts.edu.